Scholarship Application Instructions

When to Apply

March 1 – April 30: Apply for a scholarship to be used for new enrollments that start the second half of the current year.

August 1 – September 30: Apply for a scholarship to be used towards new enrollments that start the following year.


  • ALL APPLICANTS are eligible to apply for a distance education (eLearning) scholarship.

  • U.S. CITIZENS and U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENTS ONLY are eligible to apply for a lab class or on-campus scholarship for the Carlsbad or New York campus.

  • INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY (non-U.S. citizens with country of residence outside the U.S.) are eligible to apply for:

    • On-Campus Scholarships at the following international campuses: India, Middle East (Dubai), Hong Kong, London, Taiwan or Thailand

    • Distance Education (eLearning) Scholarships for any of the five core gemology courses required for the Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma: Diamond Essentials, Diamonds & Diamond Grading, Colored Stone Essentials, Colored Stones, Gem Identification.
      This does not include lab classes.

How to Apply

Please complete the online scholarship application form and attach two types of required documents in Word or pdf format: a personal statement/essay and a minimum of one letter of recommendation. Both documents are very important to the scholarship committee and applications without the required documents will not be considered.

Each applicant is allowed to submit one application per scholarship period and the applicant does not apply for a specific scholarship. The application form requires the applicant to choose one study program and one method of study (on-campus, lab class or distance education). Each application is considered a general application, and the scholarship review committee will match applicants with each scholarship’s criteria as outlined by the scholarship donor. If an applicant is awarded a scholarship and accepts it, the applicant is not eligible to apply again for three years. If the applicant is not chosen for a scholarship, we encourage the applicant to apply again.

Required Application Documents

Please note that the topics below are only suggestions – we encourage the applicant to make their own topic choice.


Suggested Topics

  • Your aspirations and goals, and how a scholarship will help you achieve them

  • How you came to be interested in the gemology or jewelry field

  • What you will contribute, and how you will use the scholarship

  • Your work experience & educational background

  • Your business or family background

2. LETTER(s) of RECOMMENDATION (1 required, up to 6 allowed) recommending you for a GIA scholarship, NOT for employment

  • Writer should be from a professional company or person, CANNOT be a relative or family member. (Alternate acceptable sources are non-profit organizations: your church, a teacher, a community organization to which you belong, a place where you volunteer, or similar organizations)

  • Letter must be current (within the past 12 months) and must include the writer’s contact information (address, phone and email address - (on company letterhead if possible))

  • Writer states who they are and how long they have worked with you, or known you

  • Writer states why they want to recommend you for a scholarship, not for employment

  • Writer explains why they believe you will be successful because of a scholarship award

Non-GIA Scholarships

GIA accepts scholarships awarded from outside sources – private companies, service organizations, state programs, employers, tribal grants, etc.


Call +1 800 421 7250, Ext 4131 or +1 760 603 4131 (international callers), or email

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